BTL - Biomass to Liquids Chilean Company Made a Visit to Choren's BTL-Plant in Germany

Editor: Marion Henig

The Chilean oil group ENAP and the Chilean wood industry underline their interest in Choren technologies for production of sustainable biofuels. Representatives of the joint venture ForEnergy visited the production plant for BTL fuel in Germany.

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Chilean enterprise ForEnergy visits Choren. From left: Dietmar Rüger (Choren), Gerardo Passeron (process engineer ENAP), Paulina Valenzuela (General Manager ForEnergy), Viviana Avalos (Chilean Energy Ministry), Matthias Rudloff (Choren), Pablo Vargas (Shareholder Consorcio Maderero), Joachim Lischke (Choren), Álvaro Urzúa (biomass expert ForEnergy) Wolfgang Welsch (Choren) (Picture: Choren)
Chilean enterprise ForEnergy visits Choren. From left: Dietmar Rüger (Choren), Gerardo Passeron (process engineer ENAP), Paulina Valenzuela (General Manager ForEnergy), Viviana Avalos (Chilean Energy Ministry), Matthias Rudloff (Choren), Pablo Vargas (Shareholder Consorcio Maderero), Joachim Lischke (Choren), Álvaro Urzúa (biomass expert ForEnergy) Wolfgang Welsch (Choren) (Picture: Choren)

Freiberg/Germany – A delegation from the Chilean company ForEnergy accompanied by a representative of Chile's Ministry of Energy visited Choren to find out first-hand about the world's first production plant for BTL fuel.

ForEnergy is a joint venture of the state-owned oil group ENAP Refinerías and the Chilean wood industry consortium Consorcio Maderero. The company was founded in 2007 with the aim of implementing pilot projects in Chile for the production of 2nd-generation biofuels.

The company has chosen Choren as a technology partner for synthesis gas production in future BTL projects in Chile. Since 2009, the company has been conducting a project study looking into the economic and technical conditions for a BTL plant. The study will be completed in the coming months.

The guests were especially interested in the experiences of last year's operating tests. Choren carried out several successful operating campaigns to test the plant's synthesis gas production. In a further technology stage, the high-purity synthesis gas produced from wood chips will be converted to BTL fuel.

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